Ex-Korean President Admits Taking $100, 000
Lee Myung-Bak. Credit: AFP

Ex-South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has admitted taking $100, 000 from a spy agency while in service.

Myung-Bak admitted to the allegation after series of questioning over corruption by prosecutors.

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According to local reports,  Lee Myung Lee returned home Thursday after lengthy questioning.

It was gathered that he is the last of the nation’s surviving ex-leaders to be involved in a criminal investigation.

Although he denied other corruption charges, he admitted taking the off-book funds from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) via a presidential aide.

Recall that reports of graft involving the conservative 76-year-old’s relatives and aides during his term have increased in recent weeks as prosecutors investigate several cases of bribery to the tune of millions of dollars.

He spent over 21 hours at the prosecutors’ office in Seoul from Wednesday morning, but did not respond to reporter’s questions as he left.

“President Lee denied most of the charges,” the prosecutor was quoted as saying by a local media.

“But he accepted some facts. For example, he acknowledges the fact that he received $100,000 (106 million won) of the (1.7 billion won of secret) funds.”

Lee has refused to say what he did with the $100,000.